Kat’s Weekly Reflection of Gratitude: Life Moves Pretty Fast

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.”  ~ Ferris Bueller (From the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Many years ago as we drove along the North Shore of Oahu, we stopped at one of the empty beaches and watched the mesmerizing surf.

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

My husband and two sons walked along the edge of the surf and started racing the water as it licked at their feet.

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

The waves won that race, but more joyful losers have probably never been seen.

Whenever I look at these photos, I reminded of one of the pleasures of travel – escaping the day-to-day distractions and demands of life, and finding time to be completely mindful of the wonder of the moment.  Whether it be for an hour or for a day, the sights to see, things to do, and places to visit need to be set aside from time to time.  The favorite travel memories are usually never found in the guidebooks.

Ciao! ~ Kat B.

Life is Made up of Moments

“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.”

~ Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life

cascade lake ice eve 2_21_09

For this week’s “Reflection of Gratitude” I have shared another photo from that memorable winter sunset on the frozen surface of Lake Superior.  The first photo I shared from that day can be found here.  These photos remind me of one of those times it was necessary to make room for a glittering moment, watching as the sun set and trying to memorize every detail of the complexity of nature’s beauty.

Ciao! ~ Kat